Luca di Montezemolo will stand for office in Italy's 2013 elections

It’s been the subject of speculation for years, but Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has finally announced that he will run for presidency at Italy’s next general election in 2013.

The flamboyant and outspoken Italian has long held political ambitions, and was recently tipped as a candidate to replace the increasingly controversy-ridden lothario president Silvio Berlusconi, who finally quit office after many years in the top job.

The 64-year-old has a long relationship with the Ferrari team, and took control of the reins at the behest of FIAT boss Gianni Agnelli twenty years ago.

But now, his focus will be switching to trying to get into the highest office in the land.

“The second republic has failed,” he is quoted in a letter to members of the Italiafutura Party, of which he is a member.

“We need new faces and new ideas because the next elections will be of historic importance.”

He ended the letter by signing, “Luca di Montezemolo, future president of Italy”.

[Original image via LAT]

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